Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program was established in 2004. It has enjoyed a high certification exam passage rate since its inception, preparing students for success as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

In keeping with the changes of advanced practice nursing education, the online nursing program was redesigned to meet the requirements of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensing, Accreditation, Certification, and Education, which states all PMHNP programs, must educate the students using a lifespan approach to diagnosis and treatment of clients. The EKU Online program is designed to provide the convenience of online learning while maintaining the quality and rigor necessary for the student to become an extremely competent and confident Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. View the curriculum and course descriptions below.

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Curriculum

Core Courses (15 hours)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Option Requirements (9 hours)

Practicum Courses (15 hours)

In addition, students must complete a minimum of 7 hours of NSC 800 to meet clinical clock hour requirement.

Total Hours: 39 hours + 7 hours of NSC 800

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Curriculum Plans

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Fall Start Plan

Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer A Summer B
NSC 840-
Nursing
Theory

(3 hours)
HEA 855-
Principles of
Epidemiology

(3 hours)
NSC 842-
Advanced
Practice
Nursing Issues

(3 hours)
NSC 890- Research
in Rural Nursing

(3 hours)
NSC 834-
Advanced
Pathophysiology

(3 hours)
NSC 892-
Research
Project

(3 hours)
 
NSC 830-
Advanced
Pharmacology

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 832-
Advanced
Health
Assessment

(3 hours)
NSC 880- Rural
PMHNP I

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

( 2 hours)
(16 Weeks)
NSC 881- Applied
Psychopharmacology

(2 hours)
NSC 882- Rural
PMHNP II

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(2 hours)
 
NSC 884- Rural
PMHNP III

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(3 hours) (16
weeks))
  NSC 886- Rural
PMHNP
Internship

(6 hours)
(16 weeks)
     

Spring Start Plan

Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer A Summer B
    NSC 840-
Nursing
Theory

(3 hours)
NSC 890- Research in
Rural Nursing

(3 hours)
NSC 834-
Advanced
Pathophysiology

(3 hours)
NSC 892-
Research
Project

(3 hours)
 
NSC 830-
Advanced
Pharmacology

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 832-
Advanced
Health
Assessment

(3 hours)
NSC 880- Rural
PMHNP I

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

( 2 hours) (16
Weeks)
NSC 881- Applied
Psychopharmacology

(2 hours)
NSC 882- Rural
PMHNP II

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(2 hours)
 
NSC 884- Rural
PMHNP III

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(3 hours) (16
weeks))
HEA 855-
Principles of
Epidemiology

(3 hours)
NSC 886- Rural
PMHNP
Internship

(6 hours)
(16 weeks)
NSC 842-
Advanced
Practice
Nursing Issues

(3 hours)
     

Summer Start Plan

Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer A Summer B
        NSC 834-
Advanced
Pathophysiology

(3 hours)
 
NSC 840-
Nursing
Theory

(3 hours)
HEA 855-
Principles of
Epidemiology

(3 hours)
NSC 842-
Advanced
Practice
Nursing Issues

(3 hours)
NSC 890- Research in
Rural Nursing

(3 hours)
NSC 892-
Research
Project

(3 hours)
 
NSC 830-
Advanced
Pharmacology

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 832-
Advanced
Health
Assessment

(3 hours)
NSC 880- Rural
PMHNP I

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

( 2 hours)
(16 Weeks)
NSC 881- Applied
Psychopharmacology

(2 hours)
NSC 882- Rural
PMHNP II

(2 hours)
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(2 hours)
 
NSC 884- Rural
PMHNP III

(3 hours)
*Professional
Liability
Insurance
NSC 800-
Advanced
Practice

(3 hours) (16
weeks)
  NSC 886- Rural
PMHNP
Internship

(6 hours)
(16 weeks)
     

Course Descriptions

NSC 800 Advanced Practice

(1-6) A. Advanced practice clinical experience. Students will retake for the minimum number of hours required for their specialty option.

NSC 880 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

I. (2) A. Prerequisites: NSC 830, 832, 834, 840, and HEA 855, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisites: NSC 800 and 881. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with individuals are developed.

NSC 881 Applied Psychopharmacology

(2) A. Prerequisite: NSC 830, NSC 832, and NSC 834, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: NSC 880. Applies theoretical and diagnostic knowledge related to prescribing psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders across the life span.

NSC 882 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) II

(2) A. Prerequisite: NSC 880 and 881, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: NSC 800. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with families are developed.

NSC 884 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) III

(3) A. Prerequisite: NSC 882 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: NSC 800. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Group skills, community resources and the context of professional practice are examined.

NSC 886 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Internship

(6) A. Prerequisite: NSC 884 with a minimum grade of B and seven hours of NSC 800. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NSC 842 with a minimum grade of B. Synthesis of theoretical and diagnostic knowledge to promote mental health and maintain mental health across the life span. Systematically examines opportunities for improving PMHNP practice.

NSC 840 Nursing Theory

(3) A. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN program or department approval. Provides a basic understanding of the process of theory construction and an appreciation of the role that theory plays in providing a scientific basis for nursing.

NSC 842 Advanced Nursing Practice Issues

(3) A. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN program or department approval. Analysis of professional issues and strategies, which can facilitate the development of the nursing profession. Consideration of selected variables influencing the development and resolution of issues option.

NSC 830 Advanced Pharmacology

(3) A. Prerequisite: admission to MSN program or department approval. Application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to the treatment and management of conditions across the life span.

NSC 832 Advanced Health Assessment

(3) A. Prerequisite: admission to MSN program or department approval. Emphasis is on the advanced skills necessary for Advanced Practice nursing in assessing the health status of clients from across the life span. Diagnostic reasoning and systems approach will be emphasized.

NSC 834 Advanced Pathophysiology

(3) A. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN program or department approval. Application of advanced pathophysiology to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions across the life span.

NSC 890 Research in Rural Nursing

(3) A. Prerequisite: NSC 840. Analysis and critical evaluation of nursing and related research with emphasis on designs and methods appropriate for rural health nursing phenomena.

NSC 892 Research Project

(3) A. Prerequisite: NSC 890. Completion of a research project in an area of interest related to rural health nursing, which culminates in a written report.

HEA 855 Principles of Epidemiology

(3) A. A study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury. Research methodologies for human research and disease surveillance techniques will be emphasized.

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